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IPL 2021 Auction | Sunrisers Hyderabad – Dream, realistic, wildcard and suggested buys
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Certainties in life - Death, Taxes and Sunrisers Hyderabad reaching the playoffs of the Indian Premier League. None of us possibly could have imagined saying this six years ago, but it is what it is. Speaking to us six months ago, former Sunrisers Hyderabad assistant coach Simon Helmot explained why the trust the SRH management show in their players is a key reason behind the side’s sustained success. He certainly wasn’t contorting facts. Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, the franchise retained an astonishing 22 players, the most by any team in the competition. Thereby, SRH will enter the auction as the most settled team in the tournament, so much so that even a Chelsea-like transfer ban will make little difference to them, heading into the new season. David Warner (c), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Virat SinghThe Missing LinksThe rise of Natarajan, Samad, Garg, and Abhishek coupled with the re-birth of both Sandeep Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha have not only filled holes in the side but also made it more balanced, and the addition of Jason Holder and the returning Mitchell Marsh is bound to make it stronger. Yet there’s one area where SRH could do better in and that’s the pace department. Sandeep and Natarajan exceeded expectations last season and they were well-supported in the back end by Holder, but it goes without saying that, minus Bhuvi, they constantly are reliant on special individual performances from their pacers to support Rashid. Natarajan had a season to remember in IPL 2020, but to expect him to maintain those standards for a second season running would be naive; such prodigious form is unsustainable. With just 1 overseas slot and just 10.75 cr remaining, SRH would be targeting nothing but a good overseas pacer, particularly having released big Billy Stanlake.  The Dream Signing - Jhye RichardsonAfter finally fully recovering from a shoulder injury that plagued him for almost 2 years, Jhye Richardson, on his comeback, set the BBL alight. With 29 wickets in 17 games, the 24-year-old finished as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament and played a huge part in dragging the Scorchers to the Final. Why Richardson will be the dream signing for SRH is because, apart from bringing raw pace, he will provide impetus with the new ball, something which, if he’s paired alongside Sandeep or Bhuvi, could make the side a force to be reckoned with. Richardson struck 8 times in BBL 10 in overs 1 to 4, with an ER of 6.87, but it’s not just about the numbers. He can swing the ball at pace - something no other SRH bowler can do - rattle the stumps, test both the inside and outside edges of the batsmen and bowl the pressure overs at the back end, something only elite pacers - be it Archer, Rabada, Nortje, Bumrah or Boult - were able to do last season. He is also a more-than-handy batsman who can tonk the ball a long way - he played many a valuable cameo for the Scorchers batting at No.7 - and thus would add teeth to not just the bowling, but also lower-order batting.The Realistic Signing - Riley Meredith (or) Mark WoodSRH ideally would love to sign Jhye Richardson, but let’s be honest: they only have 10.75 cr left in their kitty, and Richardson is bound to elicit a bidding war, given he’s the hottest T20 property in world cricket currently. Thus, although he has a base price of 1.50 crore, signing him will be a long-shot. But there are alternatives they can explore; that too x-factor alternatives. Two names the Orange Army can realistically go after are Riley Meredith and Mark Wood. Both Meredith and Wood do not have the most enviable of T20 records, but they are the kind of bowlers for whom numbers don’t do justice. Two of the quickest bowlers in the world currently, Meredith and Wood will bring to the fore a package - raw pace; suitable for all conditions; enforcers - possessed by no other SRH seamer and will in many ways add a new dimension to a pace attack that currently has its limitations. Both tearaways can blow opponents off the park on their day and possess a fear-factor that currently is non-existent in SRH’s pace battery. The downside to purchasing Meredith or Wood is that both are made of glass and always will carry with them the danger of breaking down mid-season or even mid-game. Wildcard - Fidel EdwardsFidel Edwards might look like a name last heard of in the mid 2000s, but, by his own admission, the 39-year-old is bowling well as he ever has. And it is true; he is not trying to deceive the world. Recently, representing the Delhi Bulls, the Bajan speedster spit fire in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and he also enjoyed a pretty successful CPL 2020 season, picking 9 wickets at an ER of 7.67.  Not long ago, a video of Edwards’ fiery moments in the T10 league went viral on social media and it almost served as an endorsement for his IPL selection: he was fast, accurate and he sent shivers down the spines of batsmen through his yorkers and bouncers. Having picked 32 wickets in T20s since the start of 2017 at a fine ER of 8.00, Edwards has a solid record to fall back on, and punting on the veteran might not be the worst option for SRH. After all, if 40-something-year-old spinners Hogg and Tambe can dominate the IPL, there is no reason why a 39-year-old Fidel Edwards, who is in the best shape of his life, cannot do the same. SportsCafe suggests - Tim SoutheeHow Tim Southee went unsold last season is still mind-numbing, but the New Zealand talisman is a match made in heaven for SRH. For years, SRH have had no experienced pacer barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar to fall back on, and while the inexperienced Indian seamers have done an exceptional job in creating a niche for the side as a hub for seam bowlers, the addition of Southee, regardless of whether it is short or long term, would be a massive shot in the arm. Southee is, of course, notorious for his forgettable stint with RCB, but that does not take away the fact that he’s been a top tier T20I pacer in the last three years. Since 2018, the New Zealand vice-captain has picked 36 T20I wickets at an ER of 8.00 - again, bowling all the crunch overs - and his skill and experience coupled with his ability to bowl both up-front and at the death - much like Bhuvi - would prove invaluable to the side. At 32, teams are not ought to bid vehemently for Southee, so lying in front of SRH is a potential steal that could elevate their pace-bowling stocks, and in turn the whole side, by quite a few levels. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Overreaction Monday ft. Pant’s nervous nineties, Sachin Jr. in IPL and the Chepauk curator
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Day 4 of the India-England Test going on has meant that Monday has become a bearable day but, let’s be honest, the first day of the week always tends to suck, doesn’t it? We’ve tried to get over the blues by delving into some rather interesting mob opinion, including why Pant is not doing enough.Steve Smith bags the Allan Border Medal for the third time On Saturday, Steve Smith was declared the winner of the Allan Border Medal for the 2020-2021 season, with him pipping Pat Cummins by 12 votes. SC Take: Steve Smith winning the Allan Border Medal - i.e. being crowned the best player in Australia - seems equivalent to water being wet etc. but while this might have held true any other year, this year, however, it can’t be disputed that Pat Cummins was robbed of the award. Smith won the ‘ODI cricketer of the year’ award and that’s OK. He was exceptional right from the start of 2020 and capped it off with those twin 60-ball tons versus India. He deserved it. But to win the Allan Border Medal? Over Cummins? Ridiculous. 68% of all runs he scored in the voting period came in the SCG Test alone, and, barring that, he made no meaningful contributions in the longer format. What Cummins did in ODIs in the voting period - 15 wickets in 11 games - was far greater than what Smith managed to do in whites. But the real issue is why even bother awarding the AB Medal in a year where just four Tests were played? The disparity in the number of games played - ODIs and Tests - always meant that the player who dominated in limited-overs was going to be given precedence. In a year where just four Tests were played, the AB Medal is nothing but a mere extension of the “ODI cricketer of the year” award. Little surprise that Smith ended up winning both. The pre-IPL-auction shenanigansLeaks from player registrations for IPL 2021 auction have emerged and well, unsurprisingly, people have lost their mind - already.SC Take: There are times in the year when even the sanest of men turn into absolute maniacs and the fortnight prior to the IPL auction is one such phase. A couple of days ago, the list of players who have registered for the forthcoming auction emerged and people have started losing their mind already. There have been quite a few interesting opinions, so let's traverse through them. The first is the ‘common man’ on Twitter and Facebook being outraged over Arjun Tendulkar enrolling his name in the auction. You know, ‘nepotism bad noooooo’ and all that. It is truly absurd that people will not even let that poor lad register his name in the auction with peace - and that too for just 20 lakh. Gosh. He obviously is now officially a domestic cricketer (having played in SMAT) and he has EVERY RIGHT to enrol his name in the auction, like any other cricketer. When THIS guy has played in the IPL, is it a crime if Arjun - a proper professional cricketer - registers his name? Duh.Secondly, we have the annual meltdown over ‘base prices’. Kedar Jadhav has set his base price at 2 crore, and many cannot digest it. But really, why would he lower their price though? He is an IPL veteran and regardless of how bad he fared last year, he ‘could’ be an asset at INR 2 crore for any other side. He was on 8.40 crore for years, so obviously he’s going to look at earning at least 2 crore. And lastly, we have the Sreesanth discourse. Here it is two extremes - one lot which thinks he will invite no bidders and the other, which feels he’ll be a red-hot property. Unfortunately, things are not that ‘black and white’ in cricket - more so in life - so yeah, don’t be surprised if he’s just picked up for his base price or something. Rishabh Pant - how dare you score only 90?Rishabh Pant, on Sunday, was dismissed in the 90s yet again, but the cricketing fraternity is upset that he is not doing more.SC Take: Look, you can understand why this criticism exists in the first place. People are well aware of Pant’s batting talent so they think that he has it in him to score 150s and 200s. And this viewpoint is fine. But it is important to understand that he is, at the end of the day, a wicket-keeper batsman. He is not a specialist batsman. We need to tone down our expectations. The fact is that wicket-keepers, no matter how talented they are with the bat, should not be expected to be prolific. They should not be put under pressure to become run-machines.An impact is what they’re supposed to create and Pant is doing a job and a half right now. Even the greatest wicket-keeper batsman of all time, Adam Gilchrist, posted just three 150+ scores in his 96-Test career, and a remarkably talented batsman like Rizwan brought up his maiden Test ton only yesterday. Quinton de Kock has only 5 tons in Tests and no scores over 130. The fact that Pant is averaging 45 in Tests in itself is outrageous and we should be content with his returns. Why Pant is bearing the brunt is because of the ineptness of India’s #3 and #5 to score big. Pujara has not brought up three-figures at home in his last 13 innings and Rahane has only ever scored 90 or more at home 4 times (in 43 innings), which is remarkably just once more than Pant. Chastise them for not doing their job, not Pant for over-delivering. Fire the Chepauk curatorFans want the curator for the first Test between India and England to be fired because he prepared the worst pitch to have ever existed. SC Take: There is this dialogue from a Tamil film which goes, “Unaku vandha ratham, enaku vandha thakkali chutney ah?”. Translating it wouldn’t make sense but it basically refers to double standards. The aforementioned dialogue would hold true right now, to the Indian fans berating the curator. Y’all are just showcasing your double-standards.The fact is that every Indian pitch over the last four years has exactly been like this Chennai wicket, if not even flatter. In 2019 vs South Africa, India posted first innings scores of 502, 601 and 497. South Africa even responded with 431 in one of those games. I wonder why there were no complaints back then. Because India won, eh? Indian fans, you understandably have been taken aback by an opposition batting for 190 overs, but just because India did not win the toss and bat first - like they usually do - does not mean you blame the poor curator - for producing a proper Indian wicket. Instead, blame Virat for not winning the toss. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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283 overseas players register for IPL 2021 Player Auction; West Indies top the list with 56
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) have confirmed that a total of 1097 players - 283 overseas players - have registered for the 2021 auction, with West Indies having the most number of representatives (56). Among the 1097 registered players, there are 21 capped Indians and 186 capped overseas players.The auction for the 2021 Indian Premier League will be held in Chennai on February 18, 2021 (3:00 PM IST) and a total of 1097 players have registered for the same. The registration for the auction was closed on February 4, 2021. The players list incorporates 207 capped, 863 uncapped and 27 Associate players. The detailed list is as below:-Capped Indian (21 players)Capped International (186 players)Uncapped Indian players who have played at least 1 IPL match (50 players)Overseas uncapped players who have played at least 1 IPL match (2 players)Uncapped Indians (743 players)Uncapped International (68 players)Note:- If every franchise were to have the maximum of 25 players in their squad, 61 players will be taken in the auction (of which up to 22 may be overseas players). The country-wise breakdown of 283 overseas players is listed below:Afghanistan - 30Australia - 42England  - 21Ireland - 2Netherlands - 1New Zealand - 29South Africa - 38Sri Lanka - 31USA - 2West Indies - 56Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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